Trump news – live: President rages as John Bolton claim ‘blasts another hole’ through impeachment defence after falsely claiming House did not seek to subpoena him

Joe Sommerlad
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Donald Trump has reacted angrily after the manuscript of ex-national security adviser John Bolton’s new book was leaked in which the former aide claims the president told him the decision to withhold military assistance to Ukraine last summer was explicitly tied to demands for an investigation into Joe Biden.

“If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book,” Mr Trump tweeted, arguing that the House should have subpoenaed Mr Bolton when it was gathering evidence in November (it did), prompting impeachment manager Adam Schiff to say the revelation “blasts another hole” in his counsel’s defence.

As the trial resumes today with the president’s legal team continuing to hold court, Mr Trump will host Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opposition counterpart Benny Gantz at the White House for a briefing on his plans to bring peace to the Middle East.

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